“Anyone can represent an ‘overdog,’ but it is not just anybody who can capably represent an underdog.”
MICHAEL K. LEE
MICHAEL K. LEE
Syeda received her BA from the University of Michigan – Dearborn in 2003. She then attended law school at what is now the Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School, where she graduated cum laude in 2008.
Prior to joining Burgess, Sharp & Golden, Syeda worked for a legal aid organization, representing survivors of domestic violence in civil proceedings. While at legal aid, she regularly challenged abusive filings and was not afraid to proceed to trial.
Syeda is admitted to practice law in the State of Michigan, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, the United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan, the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court. Since becoming licensed, she remains active in professional activities and community activities.
Nationally, Syeda served as an Editor for the American Bar Association’s publication, “The Young Lawyer,” until August of 2016. She has written articles for the publication, as well as for the Management Information Exchange Journal. Her articles cover a variety of topics, from work-life balance to the challenges presented to LGBT survivors of domestic violence. On the state level, Syeda serves on the Equal Access Initiative of the Justice Initiative. She has also served in a leadership role for the Young Lawyers’ Section of the State Bar of Michigan, where she has been consistently re-elected to the executive council since 2009. Locally, Syeda has chaired several committees for the Oakland County Bar Association, including the Law-Related Education Committee and the New Lawyers Committee. This year, she was asked to return to chair the P.A.L.S. (Providing Access to Legal Services) committee for the second time.
Syeda is active with organizations outside of the practice of law as well. She serves on the Board of Directors for Affirmations, a community center focused on LGBT education and advocacy in Ferndale, Michigan. Through this position, in 2014, she implemented a holiday program that was specifically inclusive to low-income, LGBT families. She is also on the Board of Directors for Detroit Together Men’s Chorus, an all-male chorus for gay and gay-supportive individuals. Syeda also serves on the ACLU Lawyers’ Committees for Oakland County as well as the state.
University of Michigan – Dearborn (2003)
Thomas M. Cooley Law School, cum laude (2008)
Michigan Lawyers Weekly Up & Coming Lawyers (2016)
Oakland County Bar Association Distinguished Service Award (2011)
Thomas M. Cooley Law School Leadership Achievement Award (2008)
State Bar of Michigan Equal Access Initiative of the Justice Initiative
State Bar of Michigan Executive Council of the Young Lawyers’ Section
State Bar of Michigan Representative Assembly – Past Member
Macomb County Bar Association
Oakland County Bar Association New Lawyers Committee – Past Chair
Oakland County Bar Association Law-Related Education Committee – Past Chair
Oakland County Bar Association PALS (Providing Access to Legal Services) Committee – Past Chair
Macomb Community Domestic Violence Council – Past Member